Jon Reade has worked in the UK and Europe as a database professional in the finance and telecommunication sectors for 16 years. He is currently a SQL Server consultant in the finance industry, based in the UK.
He began his career as a Systems Programmer for IBM, methodically testing and breaking mainframe DB2 database security systems. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Aston University in Birmingham before moving on to various database development roles.
He has extensive experience of SQL Server from 6.0 to 2012, in development, operational, production, and managerial roles. He is interested in business intelligence and big data, and the use of data mining to extract useful business knowledge from transactional systems. He holds MCITP and MCTS certifications for SQL Server 2008 and is a recent MSc Business Intelligence graduate from the University of Dundee, Scotland.
He is also a part-time SQL Server instructor for a global training company and the co-founder of the SQL Server Club website (www.sqlserverclub.com) and user group. He tweets (@JonReade), speaks at SQL Server events (SQLBits, DDD South West and SQL Server Club), and has written for Packt Publishing and SQL Server Central.